Adobe Systems Incorporated announced that it is collaborating with the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) to extend the capabilities of IPTC metadata through use of the Adobe XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform). XMP is a specification expressed in XML that provides a standardized framework to capture and manage metadata. Photographers and news services use IPTC metadata schemas to embed identifying characteristics such as captions, credits, location and time and dates within digital photos and scans. This information can be read by content management systems to review and identify photos they want to publish to accompany a story. Adobe and IPTC also announced plans to develop future implementations that will be accessible via the Adobe Creative Suite and related point products through a customizable metadata user interface. The XMP software development kit, which allows software developers and system integrators to build support for XMP into their products free-of-charge, is available under Open Source license from Adobe. The SDK and additional information about XMP is available at www.adobe.com/xmp.

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